ALBION (1) 2
IPSWICH (0) 1
Division Two, 11 May 1991
Brighton & Hove Albion’s unlikely promotion bid was unravelling with a poor spell of two wins in nine league games from the start of April.
Anything less than a victory over a skillful Ipswich Town side would mean that Barry Lloyd’s side would miss out on a play-off position. It took a late winner from a Dean Wilkins free kick to notch three points and send the Brighton faithful home happy.
For Ipswich, it was the team’s third defeat in four, as John Lyall’s team ended the season in 14th place. A season later, they would be crowned champions.
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1. Perry Digweed- Signed by Alan Mullery from Fulham in 1981. Showed why he was Brighton’s Player of the Season in 1990/91 with a brilliant penalty save against Chris Kiwomya to protect Albion’s lead.
2. John Crumplin- Cost £3500 and impressed against John Barnes in the Seagulls’ FA Cup clashes with Liverpool that 1990/91 season. Conceded a penalty by tripping Kiwomya in the second-half
3. Steve Gatting- Defender who was the last survivor from the 1983 FA Cup Final side.
4. Dean Wilkins- Midfielder who curled in a beautiful free-kick for the last-gasp winner.
5. Colin Pates- A superb addition to the centre of defence, arriving on loan from Arsenal.
6. Nicky Bissett- A former gas service engineer turned central defender. Nicky missed most of the 1990/91 season having broken his leg at Swindon in April 1990.
7. Mark Barham- Former England international whose career was blighted by injury.
8. John Byrne- Republic of Ireland striker previously with York, QPR and Le Havre. Scored nine times in Division Two that season.
9. Mike Small- Big, strong striker who scored 15 league goals for the Seagulls. This included a confident penalty that sent Phil Parkes the wrong way in the first half.
10. Robert Codner- Powerful midfielder who scored eight league goals that season.
11. Clive Walker- Played for Sunderland in the League Cup Final of 1985. Fouled by Brian Gayle which led to the penalty on 36 minutes.
12. Bryan Wade- Famously scored four goals against Newcastle earlier on in the season.
14. Ian Chapman- A former graduate from the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall.
1. Phil Parkes- Reaching the end of a long, distinguished career. Re-united with his former West Ham boss John Lyall
2. Tony Humes- Served his apprenticeship at Ipswich and reverted back to defence after a spell in midfield.
3. Gavin Johnson- Young full-back who memorably headed an equaliser at Anfield in Ipswich’s epic FA Cup encounter with Liverpool a season later.
4. Mick Stockwell- A busy midfielder who made 44 league appearances that season. One of the survivors from Ipswich’s First Division days.
5. David Linighan- A steadying influence at the heart of defence. Formerly with Hartlepool and Derby.
6. Brian Gayle- A £350,000 signing from Manchester City. Brian was part of the Wimbledon side that won promotion to Division One in 1986. His foul earned Brighton their penalty on 36 minutes.
7. Romeo Zondervan- Former West Brom midfielder. A Dutch international with six caps.
8. Paul Goddard- Highly-experienced striker nicknamed ‘Sarge’. Had a great career with QPR, West Ham, Newcastle and Derby. Signed from Millwall in February.
9. Simon Milton- A 27-year-old midfielder who contributed six goals during the 1990/91 season.
10. Scott Houghton- Young attacker on loan from Spurs. He made eight appearances for Ipswich, scoring in a recent win over Leicester.
11. Chris Kiwomya- Town’s top scorer reached double figures with his skillful second-half goal. Before that, he had a penalty saved by Digweed.